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April 2018 Archives

3 things you should know about premises liability

Premises liability is a legal concern for business owners as well as any type of property owner. If a person is injured on your premises, you could be held liable for his or her injuries. Although that is a broad interpretation, the general idea is that as a property or business owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your premises are safe.

The nature of truck accident settlements

Civil law in California grants the victims of truck accidents the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, going through the civil court can cost victims a considerable amount of time and money, which is why many try instead to settle out of court. In most cases, trucking companies are willing to go this route too, which means that there is a greater chance for an amicable agreement.

Passenger killed when engine explodes on Southwest flight

When California residents get on a commercial airplane, they expect the aircraft to be properly maintained. However, that is not always the case. On April 17, a passenger was killed on a Southwest Airlines plane when an engine blew apart on a flight from New York to Dallas.

How to prevent distracted driving in semi-autonomous cars

Companies such as Waymo have shown people taking selfies and otherwise enjoying themselves riding in self-driving cars. However, it may not be safe for a driver to take his or her eyes off the road even while in a self-driving car. To prevent California drivers or others from getting too complacent while in such a vehicle, AI technology can be used to determine how attentive a driver really is.

The growth of distracted driving

With smartphones, navigation systems and other technologies presenting more distractions than ever, drivers are at a greater risk for crashes. Drivers in California should know about a recent survey where 63 percent of drivers stated that they fear distracted drivers more than they do intoxicated drivers. Approximately 75 percent of drivers claimed that they see other drivers on their phones every day.

Human behavior and autonomous vehicles

The programming of autonomous vehicles that are on California roads and elsewhere in the United States are rendering the vehicles unsafe as the programs mimic human behavior. This is according to a computer science professor who teaches in Arizona, the first state in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a driverless vehicle.

Survey finds drivers often use cellphones while driving

Some California drivers might be using their cellphones while driving even though they believe it is dangerous to do so. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,613 licensed drivers and found that 46 percent more people said they talked on their phones regularly or fairly often while driving compared to 2013. Despite this, more than half said they believed that talking on a cellphone threatened their personal safety.